Happy “Insecure Writer’s Support Day!” By Elizabeth Cutright You are not alone. Yes…I know you hear that often – we all do – but the frequency of the statement (or its super-status as a cliché) doesn’t make it any less real or truthful, or significant. You are not alone in your writing. You have an […]Read more "Welcome to Wednesday"
You don’t choose to be a writer, you’re anointed at birth, it is a beautiful and terrible benediction.Read more "Yes, I Have No Widgets"
How tales of writer’s block can help get you to the page. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer There I was…staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor like some cliché from a paperback potboiler. Ahead of me, I could see the many signposts I had yet to cross: my morning […]Read more "Reading to Writing: Unlock the Block"
“Live a better life….tell better stories.” By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer So there ya go then… I should know what to expect whenever I delve into the comments section of Gawker (or any comments section for that matter), but I was still a little taken aback at all the snark directed […]Read more "How the Efforts of a Few Can Annoy the Many"
Distraction and the Art of Dodging the Page By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Did you know that a cat placed third in the Virginia senate race? Or that Charles Darwin garnered 4,000 votes in a Georgia contest? Did you hear the story about the woman who saved a random text from […]Read more "Avoidance and Penalty"
How to keep going in the face of an insurmountable word count… By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Oh NaNoWriMo….how I love and hate you so! As you all know, I’ve signed on to NaNoWriMo and, as such, am supposed to finish a 50,000 word novel by November 30th. I knew I […]Read more "Begin With The End, And Don’t Forget to Smile"
Lessons learned and the art of the grade school diorama. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Did you ever make a diorama as part of a school project? How lovely to distill an entire event or story into something the size of a shoebox. You’d carefully paint that agnostic background – trees, […]Read more "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"
NaNoWrMo is bigger than 50,000 words. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Why did I decide to attempt the NaNoWrMo project? That’s a good question. While I’ve always harbored fantasies of being a published novelist, the truth is that it’s been a while since a long-form narrative has sounded appealing. My life […]Read more "Why Try?"